Glenwood City Council to discuss possible medical pot regulations |

Glenwood City Council to discuss possible medical pot regulations

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood Springs City Council will discuss possible measures to regulate medical marijuana dispensaries within the city of Glenwood Springs at tonight’s city council meeting.

While the meeting may not yield a final decision on what specific regulations will be, council will discuss various options which could change the way dispensaries operate within town limits, and the locations in which dispensaries would be able to operate.

Council will need to provide city attorney Jan Shute with some direction on the specifics of how the city wishes to regulate the burgeoning industry. A final vote on regulations will occur at a future city council meeting.

City Attorney Jan Shute supplied council with a detailed list of other Colorado municipalities which have imposed regulations on dispensaries. Some have issued moratoriums, enacted zoning requirements, created licensing procedures and even imposed complete bans, in some instances.

The debate over regulating the industry, which has sprouted eight dispensaries in Glenwood Springs over the past year, has been a topic of discussion at several council meetings.

Until recently, city council has taken a “wait and see” approach. However, at council’s March 18 meeting, councilwoman Shelly Kaup suggested to her fellow councilors that it was time to look into local regulations on dispensaries before the situation gets out of control.

Carbondale’s Board of Trustees appointed a 14-member Medical Marijuana Facilities Advisory Group in March to study issues raised by concerned citizens regarding location of dispensaries and associated grow operations.

Currently, the state legislature is reviewing HB 1284, which addresses licensing procedures for medical marijuana sales. The bill was passed by the Colorado State Senate Wednesday.

According to a memo from Shute, the licensing procedure for dispensaries according to HB 1284 would closely reflect the state’s regulations of liquor licensing procedures.

However, Thursday’s discussion could also address issues of possible restrictions of individuals or entities who would be permitted to obtain any medical marijuana licenses, possible restrictions on authorized locations of dispensaries in Glenwood Springs, and laws and penalties associated with violating those laws.

Thursday’s meeting will be at City Hall and begins at 7 p.m.

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